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Darwin and Wallace

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khasab
1269947.  Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:37 pm Reply with quote

In the latest xl episode (series o episode 10) Sandi claims that Wallace came up with the theory of Natural selection "about 5 years before Darwin" !! why would anyone tell the poor woman to say such a thing? It is defamation. It is very well known and documented that Darwin came up with all his ideas many years before Wallace but was reluctant to publish. He was forced to Publish when Wallace sent Darwin his own, almost identical theory.
Wallace sent Darwin his theory in 1858, which, to Darwin's shock, nearly replicated Darwin's own. Darwin decided , and his friends, especially Huxley, persuaded him that he must, publish.
Wallace himself accepted that Darwin had developed his ideas years before.

When you consider it, this gratuitous rewriting of history and the attack on a person's character is really disgraceful and even worse for a programme professing to deal in rectifying falsehoods. It really is appalling!!

I think QI should make some statement correcting this error

 
Jenny
1270013.  Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:17 pm Reply with quote

Possibly one for the fabled "Retractions Special" whenever that happens!

 

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